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November - December 2003

Introducing... new products

ADHESIVES, 
SEALANTS AND TAPES
Gain the Edge with EdgeTherm

Info www.truseal.com or call 216/910-1532
TruSeal Technologies of Beachwood, Ohio, has introduced a new family of hot-melt butyl and polyisobutyelene insulating glass (IG) sealants named EdgeTherm. The first product in the line introduced is a one-component, 100-percent solid sealant system called THM 3000 hot-melt butyl. The company says THM 3000 was developed specifically for edge-sealing IG units. 

The product has a low viscosity and is anti-sag with easy gunning characteristics at low temperatures, according to TruSeal. The product also does not require any mixing, has minimal waste, fast setting times and allows for quick handling of finished IG units. Truseal says it provides outstanding adhesion to glass and metal substrates typically used in IG fabrication.

Truseal says EdgeTherm THM 3000 is ideal for hand-gunning applications and for use on automated dual-seal applicators, as well as for in-house sealing of IG units for residential windows in which glazing material and practices are controlled easily. 

CuraSil Cures Glazing Headaches 
Info www.schneemorehead.com or call 800/878-7876
Schnee Morehead of Irving, Texas, has announced the introduction of its new proprietary Cura Sil® technology, which the company says will allow it to manufacture adhesives and sealants that meet customers’ requirements. 

The first product introduced in the new line is the SM 2100 sealant, a moisture-cure product that can be applied as the primary back bedding seal to glaze windows. The product can be painted and stained, it also adheres to all known window substrates and has excellent elongation and ultraviolet characteristics, according to the company. 

JAMBS
Fen-Tech Introduces Super Extension Jambs

Info www.fentechinc.com or call 715/392-9500
Window manufacturers who ship their products to high-moisture applications may want to check out Superior, Wis.-based Fen-Tech Inc.’s new SuperJamb extension jambs. The core is a combination of wood (wood powder) and a proprietary blend of thermoplastic resins. The SuperJamb can be used for exterior trim as well as jamb extensions and resists installation damage better than its wood counterparts, according to the company. 

The product is waterproof, cuts like wood, is easily machined, is paintable, is available in five widths and is 5/8 inches thick with 16-foot lineals. 



DOORS
Plug Into New System

Info www.park-vue.com or call 715/536-8112
Merrill Millwork Inc. of Merrill, Wis., is now offering its patented end plug system to other sliding door manufacturers. The company has used this sliding door sill design with an end plug system with built-in water weeping features for the past two years. Additionally, the design pressure ratings exceed 40 for water.

EXTRUSIONS
L.B. Plastics Offers Custom Extrusions

Info www.lbplastics.com or call 704/663-1543
Mooresville, N.C.-based L.B. Plastics Inc. has expanded its custom extrusion services of vinyl products for the fenestration industry so it can offer customized vinyl extrusions to its customers. According to the company, its window division personnel work directly with customers from initial design ideas to the final stages of production.

“Window and door manufacturers are designing their own fenestration systems and having them custom-extruded, and we are the perfect supplier partner,” said Dave Byers of L.B. Plastics. “We now offer architects, builders and window manufacturing professionals products to fit any needed performance or aesthetic parameter.”

WINDOW AND DOOR HARDWARE
Vision Offers It All

Info www.visionhardware.com or call 973/926-4092
You name it and Vision Industries of Irvington, N.J., probably has it when it comes to window and door hardware. The company’s extensive line of door hardware includes locksets with solid brass hinges. The company’s mortise lockset with sold brass handle is available in polishing and lacquer, chromium plating, gold plating, bronze plating and mixed color finishes and additional designs are available according to the company. Additionally, the company’s stainless steel hinges are available in 5/8 or ¼ inch radius and are available with stainless steel washers. Vision’s brass hinges come in a variety of sizes including 3 by 2 inches, 4 by 2 2/8 inches, 4 by 3 inches and 4 by 4 inches. 

The company adds that door manufacturers can be on the lookout for patio door hardware, which Vision will be introducing soon.

LCS Introduces New Corner Key and Sash Locks
Info www.lcsplastics.com or call 507/362-8685
LCS Precision Molding of Waterville, Minn., has introduced the LCSR632 frame corner key, which fits a tapered extrusion. Customers have the option of choosing locking clips and weatherable mitered corner joints, according to the company.

The company has also introduced its LCSR794 sash lock keeper, which offers a snap-in fit and a nylon receiver for knife style locks. The product is available in industry standard colors and custom color matches are available. 

SOFTWARE
Friedman Expands PowerBids Plus Deal System

Info www.friedmancorp.com or call 847/948-7180
The Friedman Corp. of Deerfield, Ill., has introduced a new suite of business management applications for window/door dealers and distributors that interface with its PowerBids estimating and bidding software. According to the company, the PowerBids plus business manager suite is the first system designed specifically for managing the operations of window and door dealers. The suite is made up of six applications designed to provide dealers with the tools needed to address different aspects of the sales cycle, from the creation of the quote through the printing of the final invoice.

“Until now, there hasn’t been a software system to address both the business requirements of the dealer and the dealer’s ability to link to the manufacturing system,” said Alan Russell, PowerBids product manager for Friedman Corp. “The core PowerDesk application will be designed to help dealers consolidate bids from multiple manufacturers into one quote and allow them access to multiple manufacturers’ PowerBids quoting systems from one interface. Each new PowerBids applications can extrapolate information from the core system for use throughout the estimating, production and delivery phases.”

DAC Offers Customized Solutions
Info www.dacproducts.com or call 1-800-431-1982
Window and door manufacturers who want their dealers to create custom presentations for customers should check out the new software program from DAC Products of Rural Hall, N.C. Utilizing Inventor™ 3-D modeling design software by AutoDesk, the window industry may increase efficiency in the production of custom carry cases, demo kits and showroom displays for windows and doors. 

DAC says the process is simple—just describe your needs to the company and it will present a structural concept based on your ideas. The company will then work with you on design, estimated material and production costs and project quote. 

DAC can utilize existing signage or you may provide them with artwork so they may print the graphics and include them with your display. The 3-D design service is free to DAC customers, according to the company.

SEALANTS/FLASHING
Grace Introduces Self-Adhered Flashing

Info www.graceconstruction.com or call 617/876-1400
Grace Construction Products of Cambridge, Mass., has introduced Grace Vycor® Plus self-adhered flashing, which the company says may be used to seal leaks around window and door openings. 

According to the company, the product is composed of two water-proofing materials—rubberized asphalt and cross-laminated polyethylene. It is available in a range of widths such as 4, 6, 9 and 12 inches, to accommodate a variety of job requirements. Additionally, the company urges installers to use convenient measurement markings at 6 and 12-inch intervals which allows for ease of cutting and installation.
 
ALTERNATIVE MATERIALS
Reduce Warping with Wood Composite Door Jambs

Info www.bsaf.com/usa or call 248/948-2067
BASF Styrenics of Mount Olive, N.J., said it supports Precision Composites Inc. in its development of wood-plastic composites in the Royal Wood™ product line. The latest product in this cooperative effort is the new Royal Wood door jamb. According to BASF, the jambs are wood-plastic composites capped with a BASF Luran® S acrylonitrile-styrene-acrylate (ASA) weatherable polymer. The company says that while wood-based parts are susceptible to warping and rotting, these door jambs are developed to be defect-free, offering exceptional weatherability and high performance. 

“A growing trend in exterior components like door jambs is a move toward high-end composites that are maintenance-free,” said Gary Smith, vice president of sales and marketing at Precision Composites. “By 
eliminating the performance concerns of commonly used materials such as finger-jointed pine, the Royal Wood door jambs offer a complete maintenance-free system that homeowners don’t have to worry about 
replacing.” 

MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT
Accurate Tool Offers CNC Router

Info www.accuratetoolonline.com or call 866/277-0255
Accurate Tool and Die Inc. of Seattle offers a full 4 axis CNC auto self-centering production copy router. According to the company, a great benefit of the machine is that it offers hands-free operation thus reducing carpal tunnel risks. The router also offers an accuracy of plus or minus .005, and can work with materials from 18 to 106 inches. Optional features include a W Axis—96 inches and custom fixtures. 

Load Up New Cutting Table 
Info www.bromerinc.com or call 450/477-6682
Bromer Inc. of Terrebonne, Quebec, offers its automatic free-fall loading table, which offers a free-fall arm on both sides, allowing the glass to be centered while it is transferred to the cutting table. The non-motorized version can free-fall from two different stations while the motorized version can free-fall from four to six stations at a time within a cutting line. The table may work with any cutting line, according to the company. 

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